The financial aid process at Columbus School of Law begins after admittance to the law school. Your Admissions application information is used to determine your First Year Scholarship eligibility. Scholarship recipients are notified by the Admissions office at the time of their admission.
The following is a step by step overview of how to apply for Federal Student Loans at Columbus School of Law. First year and transfer students should complete all steps.
- FAFSA - Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- Budget - Determine how much you will need in Federal Student Loans
- Financial Aid Package - View/Accept/Decline any financial aid using Cardinal Station
- Entrance Counseling - Complete Entrance Counseling for any Federal Student Loans you accepted
- Master Promissory Note - Complete an MPN for any Federal Student Loans you accepted
- Direct Deposit - Sign up for Direct Deposit to receive your refund for living expenses
You can begin the application process for Federal Student Loans before you are accepted into the Columbus School of Law. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You can complete a PDF version to snail mail in here.
- Use the Columbus School of Law school code of E00131
- Sign your FAFSA electronically using your PIN. You can request or retrieve your PIN at www.pin.ed.gov.
- You may be required to verify information entered on the FAFSA. A staff member will contact you by email if you are selected for verification.
While waiting for the results from the FAFSA, spend some time budgeting your actual Cost of Attendance at the Columbus School of Law. You will be offered the maximum in Federal Student Loan eligibility from the law school; however, you may not need to borrow the full amount of offered funds. You can find a schedule of Tuition & Fees along with an estimated budget for living expenses on our Cost of Attendance page.
- Entrance Counseling: http://studentloans.gov
- Master Promissory Notes: http://studentloans.gov
When the previous steps have been completed and CUA has received confirmation of your Entrance Counseling and MPNs, funds will be disbursed in equal halves to your student account at the beginning of each semester.
The Office of Enrollment Services will then review your account charges (tuition, fees, health insurance, etc.) and financial aid disbursements (loans, scholarships, etc). If the amount of financial aid disbursed exceeds your current charges, you will receive a refund for the remaining amount. This refund is typically what is used for living expenses.
Refunds are issued by Enrollment Serivces and can be Directly Deposited into your bank account, picked up at the Enrollment Services Office, or mailed to you. You can sign up for Direct Deposit using Cardinal Pay.